Monday, March 7, 2011

If Words Make The (Wo)Man, OMG!

When I was little I learned this song.  Did you?

"Oh, be careful little mouth, what you say, Oh, be careful little mouth, what you say, .......(next verse)
"Oh, be careful little mind what you think, Oh, be careful little mind, what you think,........

I haven't thought of that song in a long, long time.  But after today I think we need to teach it again!

At the bank this morning: Man in line says, "I'm brain dead!".  He couldn't think of a certain word.  No big deal. Later, in the grocery story:  Lady says, "My brain is gone!"  Last week, in the doctor's office: Doc said, "Mary, you are walking like an old lady."  Mary said, "I AM an old lady!"  (she's not)

How unkind we are to ourselves!  Think of words you have heard lately.  Or said lately.  Or maybe just thought.  "I am so stupid."  "My hair looks like ____!"  "I need to lose 20 pounds."  "I'm going to get fired."  "My mother died young, so I will too."  "I can't do math!"  "I cannot save money."  "I will always be in debt."  "Just look at my wrinkles."  "My teeth need whitening."  "I'm not good at anything."  "I'm a terrible housekeeper!" "I wish I could decorate!"  And on and on it goes.

Not flattering.  I hear some of you saying, "May not be flattering but it's true." 

My point is, if we really understood the power of our words, we would choose them ever so much more carefully.  Each time we say, or think,  something derogatory to ourselves we are programming our minds to believe it.  Once we begin to really believe bad stuff about ourselves, well, just sit back and watch it happen.  I'm not talking about living in denial.  I am talking about simply rephrasing our thoughts and focusing on that which we like about ourselves.  Don't like anything?  Well, find something!  We all have assets, gifts, strengths.  Focus on those.

A wise fellow named Solomon once wrote many words of wisdom and called it Proverbs.  Here are two of them. 

"He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity."  Pr 21:23 (more than one way to interpret that) 

“As a man thinketh in his heart (or subconscious mind) so is he.” Pr 23:7

I'm just sayin.........


  1. Very good point. I often focus on the words I use when talking to or about others but I am not so careful when I'm talking about myself. This is something I need to work on. Thanks for the reminder. :)

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